It seems as if summer is so short and suddenly it's back-to-school! Time to get ready for school to begin in late summer or fall, and your list of things to do has doubled. If you are taking care of a senior at home, getting your kids ready for school can completely upset your routine. Being part of the sandwich generation, sandwiched between caring for an elderly relative and your children, can be overwhelming. To help you cope with a busy schedule, here are some back-to-school tips for stay-at-home caregivers.
Back to School Tips
Since getting children ready for school is a short-term project, the key to adding it to your daily routine is planning and organization.
1. Plan Ahead
Start your back-to-school plans early. Give yourself and your family the maximum amount of time to get everything done.
2. Organize To-Do Lists
Create one or two lists of things to do with deadlines to make sure you get everything done on time. Start with the items that take the longest to get done, and then move down the list.
3. Make Appointments Early
Many schools require doctor's appointments before you start. Schedule early to get them completed on time.
4. Have Kids Help
Ask your kids to help get things done such as counting school supplies from last year and comparing it to this year's list.
5. Plan Shopping Time
Add shopping time to your schedule and plan for more time than you need. Sometimes life intrudes and shopping takes longer than planned.
6. Ask for Help
If you need extra hands to take kids shopping or help with caregiving, don't hesitate to ask. Family members, friends and church members may be able to step in for an hour or two.
7. Keep Important Papers in One Place
Organize doctors' paperwork, school paperwork, bills and other papers in one location to make them easy to find. Using a binder or accordion folder to organize them will have papers at your fingertips when you need them, reducing wasted time searching for them.
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!